NCG, Inc Reviews: 5 Reasons Why We NEED Mentors!

NCG, Inc Reviews: 5 Reasons Why We NEED Mentors!

NCG, Inc knows that there is always room for improvement or new knowledge to gain. As your business grows and matures, so will your team, and so should you. But, if you’re a leader, you’re probably getting pretty good now at getting your team to grow, providing them with advice and useful tools for their development. But, how do you grow? Growing as a leader is essential to your success and to do that you need to find a mentor.

1. Having already “walked the walk.”
A mentor can provide knowledge based on various business experiences. The best mentors have successfully navigated the same industry as the entrepreneur and can provide insight on the obstacles you’ll face. A solid mentor might not automatically have all the answers, but will know the questions to ask or the direction to guide you. They will try to understand where you’re coming from and that can make all the difference.

2. Offering a sounding board.
By definition, the best mentors are there to help, which means they have no hidden agendas. Once you build up a strong relationship with such a mentor, you have a rare opportunity to freely seek professional advice, without worrying about conflicts of interest or misplaced trust. Additionally, the mentor can be a neutral party and provide candid feedback on your plans or strategies and help you make your decisions with confidence.

3. Offering networks to leverage.
Even if a mentor can’t help you on a certain issue, chances are they’ll know someone who can. This persons networks and resources are probably much more extensive than your own and a mentors referral or introduction carries more weight than a business card at a networking event. Building a strong relationship with a mentor will broaden your network.

4. Providing perspective and vision.
Part of your job as a leader is to focus on the big picture. But, it can be difficult to maintain perspective at a time of stress. A relatively minor setback can seem like an urgent crisis, whereas smaller problems left un-handled can have long-term negative effects on your business. A mentor can help you navigate through both types of circumstances by providing a fresh pair of eyes to evaluate and assess the situation and give you a nudge or two when necessary.

5. Focusing on the person not just the company.
As leaders you have a lot at stake when it comes to your business ventures. Everyone is looking at you to lead and it’s not uncommon to lose yourself as you put the best interest of the company before your own. A mentor can help you take a step back and offer a chance to focus on you as an individual, which is essential for maintaining your sanity and your company’s successful growth.
NCG, Inc is a privately owned marketing company. We specialize in client relations and brand building. Our job is to help the companies that we work with grow and expand through their target markets. For our people, we provide them with the tools and resources necessary to grow within our company and advance into management positions. To learn more about the career opportunities available, please visit our website: www.ncg-corp.com/

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc Reviews: How to Impress Your Boss!

Ever feel like you are that person who flies under the radar? Never really gets the recognition or appreciation you deserve in the workplace? If so, you would be surprised to know how many people share those same feelings everyday. With that in mind, Northeast Consulting Group, Inc found this article from www.under30ceo.com that was all about how to impress your boss.

When we think about impressing our boss, manager, supervisor, etc. the common advice that has always been given is “dress for success”, “show up on time”, “be positive”, or “be REALLY good at what you do.” But, what if you feel like you are doing all of those things and still not getting the results that you are looking for? Well, there are some less common suggestions that every young professional should know about when they are trying to impress their superiors. 

1. Be a leader within the office

  • Now before you go ahead and say, “How can I lead if I’m not in charge?”, think about it. The most respected leaders are individuals who empower those around them. Do you have to be in charge to empower the people around you? NO WAY! For example, if someone in your office is struggling with something you have two choices. First, you could let them struggle to make yourself look good in comparison. Or, you can offer tips and help out that person so that you both succeed. That demonstrates how valuable you can be to the company because you care about the success of others, not just your own.
  • This concept is something that Northeast Consulting Group, Inc lives by and preaches daily. You make yourself irreplaceable if you are able to do a task well and inspire the people around you to do well too. This ensures that you make yourself a valuable member of a team. In turn, it allows you to have leadership by influence, rather than leadership by position, which is more valuable? Would you rather listen and follow someone who you respect and admire? Or, would you rather listen and follow someone because you have to? Choose the kind of leader that you want to be!

2. Be a problem solver

  • In the workplace, MONEY = TIME. Every time you ask your boss a question, understand that you are requesting some of their time. Most of the time superiors are happy to help someone navigate a new set of circumstances if it leads to increasing your capabilities and productivity. However, this is not justification to ask assistance every time a road block appears.

  • To be a problem solver, utilize your resources. For instance, if something is common knowledge, Google it! Confused about the directions for a project? Refer back to your original notes or training manual, the answer is probably right there in front of you. If you turn into the person that runs to your boss every time you need something, you WILL come off as needy and ultimately give the impression that you are more trouble than you are worth.

  • Also, do not just focus on identifying a problem, focus on the solution. By consistently demonstrating this, you show that you are self sufficient, a critical thinker, and someone who is ready for more responsibility. Increased responsibilities = promotions = $$!

3. Don’t treat the office like it’s school

  • In school if you do a good job you get an “A” at the top. At work, if you do a good job, you don’t get fired. While some bosses apply positive reinforcement, in reality, most office environments don’t do that on a daily basis. At work, you’re expected to do your best and if not, then it’s a reason for concern by the employer.

4. Handle pressure and mistakes with grace

  • No matter how talented you are, you will make mistakes. The real test is how you react to it. ALWAYS be honest and do not blame others or try to justify the situation. If you know you made a mistake, come prepared with a plan of action on how to fix the situation and what you will do next time to ensure that the same mistake will not be repeated twice.

  • You do not want to act nonchalant about making a mistake, you must make sure that you do not let it affect your professionalism or productivity. Most importantly DO NOT DWELL! Try to let it roll off your back. The ability to stay calm, not crack under pressure, and keep a cool head is a fundamental trait of someone who can handle responsibility.
  • Some people are better at this than others, but focus on what you can control to reduce stress. Things like going to the gym or for a walk over lunch, breathing exercises, or meditation can have a direct impact on lowering stress making it easier for you to be able to handle tough situations that may come your way.

5. Be responsible for your own growth

  • There is this thing called the internet now in days. It has countless educational articles, industry lecturers, and networking forums. Do not let your professional growth only occur between the hours of your job.

  • So, instead of waiting for someone to tell you to take some training sessions, give you new projects, or tell you to reach out. Do it on your own. Take your career development into your own hands by learning or strengthening a new skill and offering those services to your superiors. The major difference between a follower and a leader is that the first group waits for opportunities while the second classification CREATES them.

 

In conclusion, this entire article is based upon being a “do-er” in your career. Take the necessary actions to step up and set yourself apart outside of the common things. By following those 5 tips and still doing the common tips to impressing your boss, you basically ensure that you will be noticed. The people who stand out at work, for the RIGHT reasons of course, are always the people in the running for that big promotion, or raise, or holiday bonus. Instead of wishing that you were going to be one of those people, change your mindset on your career and take action!

For more information about Northeast Consulting Group, Inc and career opportunities within our company, please visit our website: http://www.ncginc.biz

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc Reviews: Healthy Habits for Increased Productivity!

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc Reviews: Healthy Habits for Increased Productivity!

There is a general assumption throughout people in the working world that you are only working hard if you are working strenuous and long hours. If you leave work completely emotionally and physically exhausted. This is not something that Northeast Consulting Group, Inc believes to be true. We believe in working smarter not always just harder. We found this article from Under 30 CEO that models our beliefs.

  Anyone in the working world knows that finding time to eat healthy, exercise, and keep up with the daily workload is huge challenge. But, adjusting certain behaviors in your daily life can increase your performance and productivity at work. Who wouldn’t want that?

 

1. Eat right to increase focus and stamina.

Struggling at the work place? Running out of steam before the workday ends? Find it a challenge to concentrate? Productivity at work is closely linked to energy levels on the job. Your mentality goes down when you are tired or hungry. So naturally, the output of work suffers when you are stressed. For greater productivity at work, use healthy eating to reinforce your physical condition.

Limit sugar and junk food. Eating too much sugar can lead to inconsistent energy levels throughout the day. The short-term impact of a glazed doughnut or two might seem like an energy boost, but the long-term affects outweigh the initial benefits.

Limit carb heavy lunches. We’ve all heard of the dreaded “food coma” right? There’s a reason for it! Carb heavy lunches slow you down in the middle of the afternoon because your body sees it as junk food!

 

2. Eat Breakfast!

Breakfast can start your day off on the right foot! Rather than loading up on caffeine, balance your intake of fruits, grains, and cereals.

 

3. Moderate activity enhances productivity

If you’re unlucky enough to be stuck at a desk all day and your daily tasks revolve around computer work and other stationary tasks, find a way to move around!

Exercise at your desk! It may seem unconventional, but desk workouts enhance productivity. This keeps your blood flowing and your body healthy!

Utilize your breaks and lunch hour! Your lunch break gives you the opportunity to reinvigorate yourself for the afternoon workload. Walk during your breaks, stand up, go up and down the stairs a few times, or take a stroll around the building. Proactive efforts to eat right and stay fit promote good health and higher employee productivity!

 

All in all, there is something to be said to the old motto, “eat good, feel good.” If you’ve been feeling slugglish at work or like you haven’t been working to your full potential, try out these simple tips and immediately change your performance!

 

 

 

Northeast Consulting Group, Inc is a privately owned firm that specializes in direct marketing, brand building, public relations, and consulting for Fairfield County, Connecticut. Northeast Consulting Group, Inc is committed to providing a predictable career path towards management for  our employees. For more information about Northeast Consulting Group, Inc please visit our website: http://www.ncginc.biz